The Object Of My Affection (1998)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Wendy Wasserstein, based on the novel by Stephen McCauley.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. There’s a feeling of hanging around on a warm,…

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Crimson Tide

BBBB.5 (out of 5) What a ride! Submarines haven’t been this much fun since The Hunt For Red October, and if the fact that this film’s advertising campaign (red poster and everything) is completely ripped off from that Sean Connery vehicle is stopping you from renting this high-octane thriller, don’t let it! Gene Hackman and Denzel…

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That Thing You Do!

BBBB (out of 5) Tom Hanks makes a notable directorial debut with this brilliantly edited, perfectly cast musical comedy. The story centres around a group of four friends in the sixties who form a band called The Wonders and, with their main song ‘That Thing You Do’, climb to the top of the American music…

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Rescue Dawn (2006)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2006.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Top Gun Productions, Thema Productions, Gibraltar Films, Blue Rider Pictures, Bruin Grip Services.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Elton Brand, Harry Knapp, Steve Marlton.  Music by Klaus Badelt.  Production Design by Arin ‘Aoi’ Pinijvararak.  Costume Design by Annie Dunn.  Film Editing by Joe Bini. Independent Spirit Awards 2007. Toronto International…

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You’ve Got Mail (1998)

NORA EPHRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, based on the play Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Nora Ephron, Lauren Shuler Donner.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  Golden Globe Awards 1998.   Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan reunite with their…

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Sahara (2005)

BRECK EISNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Spain/Germany/USA, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, Bristol Bay Productions, Baldwin Entertainment Group, J.K. Livin Productions, Desertlands Entertainment, Kanzaman, Babelsberg Film, Moguletta, Sahara Productions.  Screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, John C. Richards, James V. Hart, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Stephanie Austin, Howard Baldwin,…

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Chicken Little

BB.5 (out of 5) Any animated film where a tiny animal wears adorably trendy clothing is worth at least a glance (see Stuart Little), but this lifeless tale won’t impress you much. Poor little Chicken Little (voiced by Zach Braff) feels a piece of the sky falling and causes a panic in his town, only…

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Joy Ride

BBB.5 (out of 5) Terrifying thriller by John Dahl (The Last Seduction) about two brothers (Paul Walker, Steve Zahn) who step in to a terror trap when they play a practical joke on a CB radio and end up being chased across the country by a mad man. Along the way they pick up Walker’s…

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Daddy Day Care

BB (out of 5) After losing his cushy advertising job, Eddie Murphy decides to beat the doldrums of being a stay-at-home dad by opening up a day care centre with his former business partner (Jeff Garlin). At first the project is a huge mess, but eventually the chaos sorts itself out and Murphy turns out…

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Shattered Glass (2003)

BILLY RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA/Canada, 2003.  Cruise/Wagner Productions, Baumgarten Merims Productions, Forest Park Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on an article by Buzz Bissinger.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by Craig Baumgarten, Tove Christensen, Gaye Hirsch, Adam Merims.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Francois Seguin.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford.  Boston Film Critics…

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Out Of Sight (1998)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 1998.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1998….

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Sabrina (1954)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, Ernest Lehman, based on the play Sabrina Fair by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Van Cleave, Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Hubert de Givenchy.  Film Editing by…

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